ELK GROVE, ,CA - Her co-workers said she performs at the highest professional standard.
And after spending just a few hours inside the Celeste Harris' class at Ehrhardt Elementary, the dedication she puts into her profession is clearly evident.
Harris said she caught the teaching bug at an early age while working as a camp counselor in high school. Harris said teaching children is her honor one she take seriously.
"I feel it's a privileged and honor to teach kids that have struggled, it's a challenge, but it's one rewarding beyond words," Harris said.
She is quick to point out, in order to make children reach their learning potential, she can't do it alone; there's a team of dedicated staff members working right beside her.
"It's people that I am teaming with that is making me a great teacher," Harris said.
Harris' students said she's making learning fun, so they can have the confidence to succeed.
"She helps me read and learn what I didn't know before," student Deonni Humphrey said.
Harris said there's no secret to become a good special education teacher, but she said all teachers must have one trait to change lives..
"It's caring about kids and having a deep care to watch them learn and grow," Harris said.